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Mar 7, 2019, 11:50 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
That is a good amount of weight. Kudos.
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What I’m getting at is people who have to lose large amounts of weight are in enough of a a “target rich environment” they have other metrics available to them to track their progress, like noticing their pants won’t stay on.
What are other relevant and reliable metrics? Although you could measure waist, hip and bust size every morning, I don't see that this is any less anxiety-inducing. I understand that scales in people with significant weight issues cause anxiety (this is how I feel about bank accounts), but if you want to lose weight, you need to monitor it. The same way that if you want to achieve other quantifiable goals, you need to track your progress. (That is why if you are serious about cycling, you need to get a power meter.) The anxiety is caused by falling short of the goals that you have set yourself, and the non-solution is to not monitor it.
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People who fit this profile maybe shouldn’t get a scale.
Forcing yourself to weigh yourself every day is also an incarnation of a treatment method for anxiety disorders: you do the thing you hate so often, that the anxiety subsides.
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I gave a relevant metric... pants falling off.

I ultimately see the scale question as a math problem. For any given individual, it will provide benefit X and liability Y.

I am not convinced X-Y is a positive quantity for all individuals.

Most? Sure.
     
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Mar 8, 2019, 12:42 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I gave a relevant metric... pants falling off.
How often did that happen for someone who is overweight?
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I ultimately see the scale question as a math problem. For any given individual, it will provide benefit X and liability Y.

I am not convinced X-Y is a positive quantity for all individuals.
But then perhaps the answer is that these people will simply stay overweight. There are plenty of similar issues people have, e. g. stopping smoking comes to mind. It seems to be impossible for my mom, even though she had already had a stroke with 55 and is lucky she hasn't suffered any permanent damage.

In any case, a scale is just a quantitative measure as to how you are doing. You will then still need to do the hard part of modifying your behavior when it comes to eating and exercise. (In my case exercise makes eating healthier much easier, I tend to crave healthy foods when I am doing a lot of exercise.)
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